Andrew Greaves column: Burnley win was definitely worth the 35-year wait (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Andrew Greaves column: Burnley win was definitely worth the 35-year wait
WELL it might have been 35 years but by god it was worth the wait! March 9 2014 will forever go down as the date when the Clarets ended this horrible hoodoo once and for all.
The key moment for me, however, was not either of the Burnley goals but the moment Jordan Rhodes – who’d earlier fired Rovers in front – latched onto a poor David Jones backpass. . . and promptly shot against the base of the post.
That was the bit of luck we have perhaps been missing in this fixture in recent years.
Even at 1-0 down, I never once felt nervous; the key for everyone was keeping calm and allow Rovers to go about their business.
By the time Rhodes hit the opener, we’d already had the ball in the back of the net, Sam Vokes turning in a Scott Arfield cross-shot only to see the offside flag up.
Matchwinner Danny Ings really should have dragged us level before half time but, after doing the hard work and intercepting a poor ball back, he fired straight at Paul Robinson before screwing the rebound wide.
Half time came and it was the Rovers fans in high spirits.
But after Rhodes spurned his chance, you just sensed the tide had turned.
Exit David Dunn and the home side looked to suddenly lack ideas.
Sean Dyche – who I doubt will ever pay for a drink in Burnley again – threw on Ross Wallace and Ashley Barnes and it had an immediate impact as from a Wallace free kick, Jason Shackell got to the ball before Robinson to head the Clarets level.
The Scot was involved in the winner as well, beating Tommy Spurr to a ball on the byline before cutting it back for Ings to score after Barnes failed to control.
That sent the away fans – 4,500 of them behind that goal – into raptures.
Rovers, to their credit, threw everything at it but they never really troubled Tom Heaton and Mike Dean’s whistle after four minutes of added time brought to an end almost four decades of hurt.
Now the monkey is off the back, perhaps the more significant point about this particular three points is the fact it leaves us eight clear of Derby County in third.
Maybe my mate last week was right, it is ours to lose now!
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